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Ice Kat makes victorious return from layoff


Last updated 9/11/2017 at Noon

Ice Kat and jockey Rafael Bejarano hold off Combat Zone and jockey Flavien Prat to win the 11th race at Del Mar Sept. 2. Benoit Photo photos

Ice Kat, idle since New Year's Day, made a victorious return to the races Sept. 2 at Del Mar when he captured the 11th race in a photo finish.

Trained at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, Ice Kat was making his first start since running fourth as a 5-2 favorite Jan. 1 at Santa Anita. Ice Kat was given five months off after that race and then resumed training in June.

Trainer Richard Baltas sent Ice Kat out for four timed workouts in August – three at San Luis Rey and one at Del Mar – and that training schedule had the 3-year-old gelding ready to roll for his lone start at t...

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